The Light in the Forest | Study Guide

Conrad Richter

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Back in the forest, True Son and Half Arrow feel at home. For several months they remain in the forest, hunting and enjoying nature. Eventually, however, they know they must go back to their families. They travel back to the home of the Lenni Lenape tribe. Now they feel that they are returning as men and hunters. True Son's family greets him with joy. Cuyloga asks if he has come home to stay.

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True Son feels that he's escaped white culture forever. With no more "clocks enslaving the sun," he can live on nature's schedule. He imagines that the past will never reclaim him.

This is a landmark journey for the two friends in another way. They both feel that they are becoming men. For the first time they have no elders to obey and can decide their own fates. This freedom is exciting, but it's also limiting. Eventually, they realize they have an obligation to return home and be part of a larger community.

The trip home turns into a coming-of-age ritual. It also resembles the arc of an adventure novel, in which the hero returns to the starting point. True Son left as an emotional adolescent boy, faced trials, and now comes back as a warrior who has fought for his freedom. Though the scene is triumphant, it doesn't provide an ending or resolution. There are more complications and trials to come.

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